My son is a huge SRK fan: Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan's second production Agent Vinod (his first venture was Love Aaj Kal) is set for a March 23 release. The actor arrived in the Capital for promoting his film. Saif touched upon various strands while addressing the media, writes Aditi Caroli.bollywood Updated: Mar 14, 2012 19:28 IST
Launch of Agent Vinod comic in the capital today is another promotional strategy. "We have made a comic of Agent Vinod. A character like Agent Vinod lends itself well to a graphic novel."
Is there competition from SRK's Don 2 comic? "We really like his Don. It's a very nice movie. We really like Shah Rukh Khan's acting. My son is huge fan and his ringtone is of Don's. So there's no competition. This is a new comic book. People should have choices. There won't be just one film in a year," justifies the star.
On being a producer
Shelling 50 crores from his pocket, is there some fear while making that kind of investment? "50 crores is my responsibility. The idea is to give the audience the best quality possible. The first person we think about all the time is the audience."
Saif is very happy with the growth in the film industry, with more and more multiplexes in the vicinity. "There was a time when there were not as many screens as today. Business is growing which is a very nice thing. There are more screens, more multiplexes. As a producer, I want as many people as possible to see this film."
On censorship in India
"It depends on what a production house wants. There are big movies, there are artistic movies. Some filmmakers will be happy with an A certificate if the film is for mature audience. Some are entertaining films for families. Sometimes it happens that a lot of blood is used, then you'll get an A certificate just because of that. So you can ask the director to reduce it as the main point is not to show blood. I believe in censorship. But there is no rule to it. It depends on the way you make a film and for what audience you make it for."
Agent Vinod has got a U/A certificate today. "The censor board has given us a U/A certificate. I'm very happy as we also wanted children to watch the film. My son Ibrahim told me for the first time in my career that his classmates want to watch Agent Vinod," says the actor proudly.
Saif Ali Khan was in the capital to promote his upcoming sci-fi film. Delhi holds a special place for both Saif and his film. "I'm very excited. I'm happy to be here. Delhi is a very important city for the movie also. Not just for the (BO) collection, but also because we have shot the climax of the movie here. It has come out beautifully," says the star.
"Delhi is the place where I grew-up. There used to be a toy shop round the corner called Ram Chandra (in CP). I have spent my childhood here with my Dadima. Before moving to Bombay, I used to stay here only. Good old memories are attached to Delhi," adds the nostalgic actor.
Sequels have become a new flavour in B-Town. Films like Housefull, Jannat, Dostana, Race, Dabangg, Jism, and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai will be out with their second installments this year. Does Saif, who will be featuring in Race 2 himself, plans to take Agent Vinod franchise forward? "There can be a sequel to Agent Vinod if people like the film, if people want to see the sequel. It will be very easy to have a sequel to Agent Vinod."
Well, that means Agent Vinod is not going to die in this part at least!
Sriram Raghavan, who has worked with Saif in Ek Hasina Thi and won critical acclaim for Johnny Gaddar, is directing the action film.
"The film releases on March 23rd, please go and see the movie," concludes Agent Vinod.
First Published: Mar 14, 2012 18:09 IST